School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)


Lisa S. Sosin


Substance Use Disorder, Recovery-oriented Systems of Care, Recovery Management, Peer-based Recovery Services, Peer Recovery Coach, Addiction Recovery


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Substance use disorder is one of the most universal clinical and public health concerns in the United States. A shift in the behavioral health field from short-term cures to long-term recovery found peer-based recovery services to be a notable asset. The peer recovery coach (PRC), experientially equipped through personal substance use disorder history and recovery, is the fastest growing role in peer services. Very limited research exists into the lived experience of PRCs and the impact of the PRC role on personal recovery. This investigation aimed to fill gaps in the literature related to PRCs’ lived experience and personal recovery. The theoretical orientation of the re-entry experience of an ex-offender into home, community, and work life supplied a framework for research into the re-entry experience of a PRC. The first research question was “What are the home, community, and work life re-entry experiences of a male PRC working at a community-based, spiritual, residential substance abuse recovery program?” The second research question explored how the home, community, and work life experiences influence PRCs’ present recovery. This qualitative case study collected data through semi-structured interviews. Data analysis themes demonstrated that the PRCs’ home, community, and work life experiences were residential stability, restored relationships, togetherness, recovery support, role, feelings, benefits, and challenges. Experiences that influenced personal recovery categorized as relationships, accountability, triggers, and recovery tools. PRCs, on a journey of personal recovery themselves, need clinical support; the findings of this study could strengthen clinical support systems.